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Snow plowing hours

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by chicago roofer, Jul 18, 2009.

  1. chicago roofer

    chicago roofer Junior Member
    from Chicago
    Messages: 6

    I was wondering how does it compare in different regions.
    How many snow plowing hours or snow plowing and salting hours did you have last winters in your area?
     
  2. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Each time or total?
     
  3. chicago roofer

    chicago roofer Junior Member
    from Chicago
    Messages: 6

    I thought total for the past.. lets say 3 seasons per one working truck. But we can do both. ussmileyflag
     
  4. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    I do about 250-300 hours a season.
     
  5. RLM

    RLM PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,270

    Me or one of my guys ?
    Me 3-400+ hrs (I havn't ever sat down to figure it out)
    My guys 100-150

    I generally take care of the service calls, first in last out, dispatching, all salt only runs, etc.
     
  6. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    I probably averaged 18-20 hours a storm last year, one truck by myself. Definitely too much. I will have at least one more, if not two more plow trucks on the road this year. If the Lord is really good, I might even have an ex-dot dump.

    So 18-20 hours, 18-20 storms, 350-400 hours.
     
  7. Brant'sLawnCare

    Brant'sLawnCare PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,754

    I probably had about 400 hours the last 2 years. My workers probably had close to 300 or so.
     
  8. chicago roofer

    chicago roofer Junior Member
    from Chicago
    Messages: 6

    So far with have a range of 100 to 400 hours.
    I am told that here in Chicago trucks who do snow plowing and salting or sanding get 10 times more hours than those who do snow plowing only. Would that be similar with you?
     
  9. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    Nope. Only reason I have the sander is because I need it to get my commercials/schools. Not a lot of subbing in this area anyway.
     
  10. T-MAN

    T-MAN PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,363

    What you need to remember is those 3-400 hours are not always billable :salute:
    As far as 10x more thats a stretch for sure. We get a lil more snow up on the state line then you guys do but no way in heck double the hours for salt.
    The profits higher in salt, but so is the investment.
    IMO less hours with more or equall take is were its at payup
     
  11. miltonplower

    miltonplower Senior Member
    from ontario
    Messages: 160

    for me over 500 hours fixing fleet and calling drivers and plowing my self
     
  12. Longae29

    Longae29 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,953

    i had 339 billable hours personally last year, 491 the year before.
     
  13. Brant'sLawnCare

    Brant'sLawnCare PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,754

    Last year kinda sucked after December was over.
     
  14. TCLA

    TCLA 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,699

    Sounds like a guess to me.....:rolleyes:
     
  15. adksnowo

    adksnowo Senior Member
    Messages: 370

    2 trucks, tractor/blower and walk behind blower breakdown (all on site equipment):
    793 miles on primary plow truck.
    67 miles on backup/sand truck.
    34 hours on tractor/blower/loader.
    Can't say how many hours on snowblower. I would guess roughly double the tractor hours.
    Was a light winter here. Can't say for hours really right now...
     
  16. tinffx

    tinffx Member
    Messages: 68

    I took last year off, and it was a good one to have off since it only snowed over an inch once, on march 1st. I would say a typical year for me would be about 50-100 hours driving someone else's truck. I'm hoping that to be about double in my own truck but that is probably wishful thinking. I'm figuring 6 events with 10-15 hours per event this upcoming season. I wonder how that will line up against the almanac. We usually have to hurry up and plow before it melts.
     
  17. MickiRig1

    MickiRig1 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,617

    Tinffx:
    I just left Virginia Beach this morning. Do you get much snow down there? One guy I ran into retired from Ohio said most of the events are ICE. My Wife wants to move down there in about 10 years. I thought, humm ,F-450 flat bed with a V box and my own salt bunker. A plow on it would make it even better if you got a great event.
     
  18. lawnprolawns

    lawnprolawns Senior Member
    Messages: 965

    Lol, do you have any totals Jim? I'd have to imagine you're rolling in the high thousands.
     
  19. Longae29

    Longae29 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,953

    we have a $2 per hour worked bonus for the end of the season (for perfect attendance), so I have a spreadsheet set up with everyones total hours for each season.